tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS September 5, 2014 6:30pm-6:59pm EDT
rayvell. >> pelley: tonight, this time the president leaves no doubt. >> we are going to degrade and ultimately defeat isil. >> pelley: the u.s. lines up allied support for confronting the terrorists in iraq and syria and countering russian aggression in ukraine. reports from major garrett and clarissa ward. jeff pegues on a mystery over the east coast. a pilot goes silent. fighters jets are scrambled, and a plane crashes far off course. joan rivers never recovered from the medical procedure she had here. now the state is investigating. vladimir duthiers has the latest. and thurmond alford went to great lengths to get his dream job. steve hartman "on the road," a very long road. >> we're not there yet, no.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama made it clear today the u.s. goal with the sunni terrorist group known as isis is not to contain it but to destroy it. he said so at the nato summit in wales. the president did not reveal a new strategy, but he did say a coalition of 10 nations has agreed to take on isis militarily and financially. isis, also known as isil, has been waging a campaign of terror as it seizes territory in iraq and syria. it has executed two american journalists. chief white house correspondent major garrett covered the nato news conference. >> it's not going to happen overnight, but we are steadily moving in the right direction, and we are going to achieve our goal. >> reporter: mr. obama said the existing allied battle plan against al qaeda can also work against isis.
>> you systematically degrade their capabilities. you narrow their scope of action. you slowly shrink the the the territory that they may control. you take out their leadership. and over time, they are not able to conduct the same kinds of terrorist attacks as they once could. >> reporter: the president said nothing about future u.s. air strikes in syria to complement the air war in iraq. within syria, he said the u.s. and its allies must develop a better fighting force among rebels battling both the assad regime and isis. >> we will not be placing u.s. ground troops to try to control the areas that are part of the conflict inside of syria. >> reporter: nato countries will provide arms, intelligence, surveillance, training, and humanitarian aid to iraqis
fighting isis. secretary of state john kerry said the threat posed by the terror group should not be overstated. "these guys are not 10 feet tall. they're not as disciplined, they're not as organized as everybody thinks." under any other circumstances, scott, the conflict in ukraine would have dominated this summit as united states and europe prepared another round of economic sanctions, news emerged of a cease-fire. the president said he was hopeful but skeptical it would hold. >> pelley: and secretary kerry headed to the middle east to recruit arab states into the fies fooit against isis as well. major, thank you very much. isis is recruiting fighters from the u.s. and all around the world with a sophisticated campaign online. but clarissa ward is discovering that some who've answered the call to holy war have begun to lose faith in isis. >> reporter: at first, many westerners went to join the jihad in syria to get rid of the
dictator president bashar al assad. many stayed to fight for the birth of a new islamic state. but as isis has gained more ground, its brutal tactics -- killing anyone who disagrees with them-- have stirred unease among some militants. in a cafe in istanbul, one jihadi told me that's why he's leaving syria. "isis is making mistakes. they're too harsh on people and they don't listen to he said. "i'm 100% convinced they are on the wrong path." and he's not alone accords to shiraz maher, an expert on islamic militants, dozens of british y jihadis also want to come home, raising questions of what they should do with these battle-hardened fighters. what does the british government need to be thinking about goinged for. >> they need to help transition them back into society and, of course, to use their voices to dissuade others there going in the first place. there won't be any more powerful
narrative than one coming from a disillusioned fighter. >> peter carc, the former head of counter-terrorism for scotland yard, disagrees. >> they have gone against what the government says is acceptable or legal so they have to pay that price. >> reporter: i sat down with a european jihadi last weekend who is adamant he has absolutely no inclination or desire to attack the west and that the focus has always been syria. >> whose word do we take on this? how much reliance can you put on that sort of statement when you're dealing with the lives and the safety of the public? >> pelley: clarissa ward's joining us in london tonight. clarissclarissa, what is it specifically that some of these jihadis have told that you is turning them against isis? >> reporter: well, scott, the jihadi who i met with said that for him the moment of revelation came when he saw isis attacking other rebel groups, killing fellow muslims, and what he told me is, "i didn't come to fight
jihad, to end up going to hell for killing a fellow muslim." >> pelley: clarissa ward, thanks, clarissa. president obama claimed a victory in the war on terror today announcing that the the u.s. has killed the leader of al shabab, an islamic extremist group in somalia. david martin learned how it happened. >> reporter: when it finally got a shot at ahmed godane, the u.s. military fired a total of 11 precision-guided weapons at the target. on monday, a u.s. surveillance aircraft followed godane's car as it drove through al shabab territory in the south of somalia and stopped in an encampment where it appeared a meeting was about to take place. an unmanned reaper drone moved in for the kill, launching one 500-pound bomb and volleys of smaller missiles. the reaper made repeated passes over the target, firing at any sign of life. the air crews were confident godane had been killed but u.s. intelligence had to confirm it.
searching for him in all his usual haunts and finding no sign of him, as well as eavesdropping on cell phone conversations among his followers talking about his death. four days almost to the minute after the strike,he pentagon officially declared godane dead, calling it a "major symbolic and operations loss to al shabab." godane was a cofounder of al shabab and had announced an alliance with al qaeda, vowing to follow in osama bin laden's footsteps. one year ago, he claimed responsibility for an attack on a shopping mall in kenya which killed and injured dozens of shoppers. the u.s. military had spent months track godane after an earlier operation to kill him had been called off at the last minute. this time, scott, they were taking no chances. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thank you very much. today, u.s. air force fighters scrambled to catch a private plane flying from upstate new
york to florida. the pilot wasn't talking to air traffic control, and now jeff pegues reports investigators think they know why. >> reporter: the small private plane took off from rochester, new york, at 8:26 this morning, headed for naples, florida. but around 10 a.m., the pilot reported a problem. >> we need to descend down to about 1-8-0. we have an indication that's not correct in the plane. >> reporter: he was cleared to go to a lower altitude. air traffic control never heard from the plane again. >> 9-0-0 kilo november. >> reporter: u.s. air defense was notified. fighter jets were scrambled. they were able to see the pilot slumped over the controls until the windshield frost over, a telltale sign of cabin decompression. >> depending on how fast they descended he may regain consciousness once the aircraft starts descending.
>> reporter: the plane flew in and up on the of cuban air space, and at 2:15 p.m. crashed 14 miles north of jamaica. on board the plane, real estate executive larry glazer and his wife, jane, who both loved to fly. this is jane in a 2013 interview. >> we've been to europe and alaska and, you know, it's just a fun thing that we share. >> reporter: the incident is reminiscent of the 1999 crash of the private jet carrying champion golfer payne stewart. when the learjet lost pressure, everyone on board passed out and died. federal sources believe larry glazer was piloting that plane today. he was an experienced pilot who had purchased a new tbm-900 earlier this year. scott, larry glazer and his wife, jane, are now presumed dead. >> pelley: the aircraft flew 1700 miles before it ran out of fuel. jeff, thanks very much. today's jobs report from the labor department shows that the economy created only 142,000
jobs in august. it had been averaging more than 200,000 a month. the unemployment rate fell tof 6.1%, but that was largely because a lot of workers gave up looking for work, and so are not counted as part of the unemployed workforce. and so for those who do have a job, there is yet another problem. michelle miller tells us wages are barely keeping pace with inflation. >> i believe we had one pay increase over the last five years. >> reporter: nick novello has been on the dallas police force for 33 years. like many americans, he can no longer count on a pay raise every year, so he's on a tight budget, has delayed retirement, and even put off needed foot surgery. >> it would be thousands of dollars and i'm just not financially set for that right now, so i just wrap my foot in a certain way and then go to work. >> reporter: before the recession, americans received a typical 3% raise every year.
in the last four years, raises have been around 2%, if given at all. diane swonk is the chief economist at meisorow financial. can we recover without increasing wages? >> that's the key and really the issue is no. i'm not happy about the fact that you had to take a but cut in your wageor we haven't seen wages go up enough to get any more spending power to buy more stuff out there. >> reporter: the one bright spot, americans who are spending are buying cars. 1.2 million new cars were. ed last month, the best august showing in 12 years. and builders spent more on construction projects than they have in six years. >> we're still seeing a very uneven and rocky recovery. the good news is we have seen more jobs generated in general this year. the bad news is it's still not good enough. >> reporter: in general, economists believe we are headed in the right direction but they'll be closely watching the next jobs report, scott, to make sure that the economy has not
gone off track. >> pelley: bright spots and weak spots. thanks, michelle. we have more tonight about the death of joan rivers. we'll tell you why the state has opened an investigation. and on his way home from the summit, the president makes a stop to play tourist when the cbs evening news continues. [ breathing deeply ] [ inhales deeply ] [ sighs ] [ inhales ] [ male announcer ] at cvs health, we took a deep breath... [ inhales, exhales ] [ male announcer ] and made the decision to quit selling cigarettes in our cvs pharmacies. now we invite smokers to quit, too, with our comprehensive program. we just want to help everyone, everywhere, breathe a little easier. introducing cvs health.
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dangerous. dean reynolds tells us about a program that allows those children safe passage. >> reporter: in the city's bloodiest neighborhood on a street corner or by herself, rayvell thompson stand guard. >> i look for people's facial expressionexpressions and bod by language, thins like that. >> reporter: this mother of four is one of 1300 unarmed workers providing safe passage for children going to and from chicago's public schools. we spoke to her as sirens occasionally wailed and police patrols cruised by. can you identify gunfire just by hearing it? >> yes. >> reporter: have you been on this corner when you've heard shooting? >> yes. >> reporter: 50 schools were closed here for budget reasons last year, meaning many kids were transferred to unfamiliar schools on unfamiliar street. maybe not a big deal in other towns, but this is chicago, where just sitting on your porch an endoscopy.ime of day can gen
during the procedures, doctor insert a fiber optic camera into the esophagus and then usually move it into the stomach and small entestins. the clinic is an ambulatory surgical center. colonoscopies and endoscopies are some of the procedures performed at these facilities. tara narula is a cardiologist at lenox hill hospital and a cbs news contributor. what is known about the safety at these surgeical outpatient centers? >> generally, surgical outpatient procedures carry a very low risk, but what is important for people to know is that when you have a cardiac arrest, your risk of suring viving that is very low. if you have a cardiac arrest in the hospital, there's only a 25% chance of survival. >> reporter: in a hospital. >> in a hospital setting. >> reporter: in new york state the centers are required to have a cardiac defibrillator on hand. cardiac and lung complications are rare, involving one death in every 10,000 procedures. most of snow, sleet or
hail. >> reporter: or all of the above. >> it could be sun nerichmond and it could be snowing in d.c. >> reporter: and as tiresome as all that sounds, thurmond says it's well worth it, especially on weekends. >> i have a support system here and everything. so i have a happy home. >> reporter: and come monday, an even happier jiffy lube manager. steve hartman on a long road outside richmond, virginia. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. coming up at eight:00 7:00 central here on cbs, it's stand up to cancer telethon. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org